Friday, June 18, 2010

What are your real reasons?

To the South Bend Tribune:
Per the Monday Tribune two people on the South Bend Common Council will vote against equal protection against employment discrimination in South Bend.  Here are the reasons they gave:

"And ( David Varner) said if the amendment became law, an employee could tell his boss that he was gay, be fired later for just cause having nothing to do with his homosexuality, but still be able to claim he was fired because his boss knew he was gay."

That must mean that under the current religion protection, if I tell a Catholic employer that I'm a Unitarian Universalist, then do a lousy job, I have legal protection from my own incompetence?  That's interesting.  I'll keep Mr. Varner's number handy.  Quoting again:

“I don't think it's a big problem in South Bend,” (Derek) Dieter said. “If that was happening, I would hear about it, from working the streets for 35 years.”

So Officer Dieter, do we wait for a certain number of serious accidents before we place traffic controls at intersections?

These are possibly the lamest excuses I have heard to oppose anything.  As a small business owner, its my view that expressions like these from elected officials have more to do with discouraging commerce in our area than most of the oft cited reasons.

Don Wheeler
South Bend, IN 

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